Instead of doing a craft as we have done in previous years, we decided that we would bring in a UFO to show. Mine was so old, I was totally embarrassed showing it, and now I am going to tell the world. I'll have to do something about finishing it now, won't I? LOL
|Telling the story|
This what the block looks like, and it finished at 12" square.
The top came together rather quickly despite me having to make a few more to make a 4 x 6 layout. The brief was Autumn colours, which I love and have heaps of in stash.
The next problem was what to do with the border. I chose to piece a Seminole border using yardage I had in stash. I didn't have a pattern for this, but that was OK - I had pieced Seminole before.
Some time later, I was talking to a friend who was a member of Southern Cross Quilters online group. She offered to post a photo of the fabrics in the hope that someone had some. Success! The dark green was found in outback Queensland, and the light green came from Western Australia. I set to and completed the border.
|Got the maths right on this corner!|
Now anyone who knows me, knows that my maths is that of a first grader. So I drafted the corner pieces to make sure that it all fitted neatly. Somehow it even worked (not showing you the other corner which is distinctly dodgy). The trickiest bit was working out how wide to make the gold framing border to bring the quilt to the right measurements for the border to work.
Then to quilt it. But how????
You know the answer - the quilt languished in the cupboard for a while longer.
Fed up with seeing the quilt sandwich taking up room, I began quilting a couple of years back by stitching in the ditch, hoping that inspiration for the rest would hit once I had done that. But I wasn't real good at FMQ in those days, so once I had finished stitching in the ditch, back it went into the cupboard.
Then about a year ago, I felt confident enough (and inspired) to quilt a design in the neutral sections.
|Neutral Section Quilting|
|Back view of Quilting|
|Can you see the circles?|
That is when the quilt went back into the cupboard.
At the time I was doing the quilt, I decided to piece the backing from scraps. Some of those fabrics are in the top itself. I was chuffed with how this back turned out.
|The pieced back|
|The offending cats.|
I am going to finish off now, with a photo taken through my kitchen window the other day. This is a Crested Dove, native to Australia, and he has been visiting me regularly for the last couple of weeks. They are very timid and I am amazed he is comfortable enough to get that close to humanity. Isn't he handsome?
Love watching the wildlife.
Til next time.....Keep on stitching.